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Fill a Truck Campaign benefits more than 80 KCSD students

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) partnered with the Camden Walmart and the United Way of Kershaw County to collect toys and coats for needy children through Walmart's Fill a Truck campaign. Volunteers from all three organizations manned the cardboard trucks in the store over three weekends in December to encourage Walmart shoppers to participate. The results were outstanding with enough items donated to benefit over 80 KCSD students as well as others who were being served through the Toys for Tots programs. Walmart employees themselves purchased three shopping carts worth of items.

December 27, 2013 | | Education


A Kershaw County connection

(This story appeared in the Fayetteville Observer on Dec. 12, 2013, and is used with permission of the publisher.)

December 27, 2013 | By Drew Brooks Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer staff writer | Crime-Police-Fire


Kershaw County cares

Many, many years ago, Tom and Cyndi Fussell started a tradition of serving the hungry and homeless on Thanksgiving Day out of their restaurant in Camden. Kelly and I were fortunate to join them some years later, and -- several years ago -- formed a group called Kershaw County Cares to continue the tradition started by Tom and Cyndi. This year, more than 100 volunteers gave up part of their Thanksgiving and Christmas days to come and prepare, serve and deliver more than 1,450 meals to Kershaw County's less fortunate!

December 27, 2013 | Todd and Kelly Warnock Kershaw County Cares | Letters


The night before Christmas

Midway Elementary School second grade students recently performed The Night Before Christmas.

December 27, 2013 | | Education


Carolina vs. Clemson canned food drive

Baron DeKalb Elementary School (BDK) Student Council recently hosted a Carolina vs. Clemson canned food drive challenge. The BDK Student Council hosted the Carolina vs. Clemson Food Drive to promote teamwork, show community spirit, and to address local hunger issues. Donations were delivered to the Food for the Soul Soup Kitchen and to other families in need. "The Carolina vs. Clemson Challenge was a fun way to show people in our community that we care," Student Council member Joshua Vasquez said.

December 24, 2013 | | Education


Ariail for Dec. 25, 2013

December 24, 2013 | | Ariail


Yesteryear - Dec. 25, 2013

Service Station Santa

December 24, 2013 | | Yesteryear


Mother and son at odds over religious tradition

Dear Annie: I am 14 years old and facing a dilemma. My father isn't particularly religious, but my mother is a strict Catholic, and my older sister and brother have been confirmed. I have another six months before I am expected to go through the process of confirmation. I do not want to do this. But as the time approaches, my mother has become increasingly forceful on the subject.

December 24, 2013 | | Dear Annie


Champe, Ray, Brazell are LFD Firefighters of the Year

During its annual Christmas Party on Dec. 7, the Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) named its "Firefighters of the Year" for 2013. This year's recipients are Engineer Eric Champe, Career Firefighter of the Year; Thomas Ray, Volunteer Firefighter of the Year; and Hunter Brazell, Explorer Firefighter of the Year.

December 24, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Morgan gets 4 percent raise

Dr. Frank Morgan, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) superintendent, recently received a 4 percent salary raise for this "dedication" to making the district a "high quality learning environment."

December 24, 2013 | | Education


A bum year in Washington

WASHINGTON -- What a massively disappointing year, and how slim the hopes for a more productive 2014.

December 24, 2013 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Mystery cup

Help the Chronicle-Independent solve a mystery! Can you identify this mystery tennis trophy cup, or explain how it ended up more than 2,700 miles away in Yakima, Wash.?

December 24, 2013 | | Viewpoint


Timeless classic

We offer this timeless piece which was first published in The New York Sun in 1897, when editor Francis Church was faced with the following letter from a little girl named Virginia O'Hanlon:

December 24, 2013 | | Editorials


Cub Scouts receive ‘Arrow of Light’ award

Cub Scout Pack 303 held their holiday banquet, sponsored by Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church. The program started with Bill Beale leading the Scouts in Christmas carols. Pastor Steve Patterson had the benediction, Cub Master Norman Gullard had the opening ceremony and Jim Bradshaw welcomed guest and leaders. The Scouts had a surprise guest -- Mrs. Santa Claus! She gave each Scout a gift. The Scouts then held an impressive candle lighting ceremony to open the awards ceremony. The following Scouts received awards:

December 24, 2013 | | People & Places


Marine Corps, KershawHealth’s Toys for Tots campaign a success

Christmas morning will be happier for hundreds of children in Kershaw County thanks to the efforts of the Marine Corps Reserves' "Toys for Tots" campaign, KershawHealth employees and a host of local partners. More than 900 toys destined for local children were collected during the "Stuff an Ambulance" drive on December 7. The toys will be distributed by volunteers from the Marine Corps Reserves. The goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate children that will help them become responsible, productive andpatriotic citizens.

December 24, 2013 | | People & Places


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Editorial: District accounts

When Kershaw County Council passed third and final reading of the county's proposed budget on a 4-3 vote Tuesday (see "County council passes final ...

June 17, 2016 | | Editorials


Cahn: Net neutrality should be here to stay

The good news came Monday: a federal appeals court upheld the U.S. Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) "Net neutrality" rules. On a 2-1 favorable ...

June 17, 2016 | | Columns


Parker: There he goes again

WASHINGTON -- From Shanghai to Paris to Moscow, the world has been watching to see how the U.S. election is affected by the latest terrorist ...

June 17, 2016 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Richardson: Staffordshire in Camden!

I grew up on James Island in the 1960s before the rampant development took over Charleston and the Sea Islands. James Island was a place ...

June 17, 2016 | By Camden Archives and Museum Director Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Noble: People to legislature -- How long?

In 1993, Bill Clinton became president of the United States for the first time. The movie "Unforgiven" won the Oscar for the Best Picture of ...

June 17, 2016 | | Columns


Op-Ed: Pols often put campaign funds in own businesses

Sen. Thomas Alexander, R-Oconee, frequently has a need for office supply goods. Fortunately for him, he happens to own an office supply store.

June 17, 2016 | By Taylor Estes S.C. Policy Council | Columns


UWKC receives $5,000 grant

The Building Industry Charitable Foundation recently awarded a $5,000 grant to United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC). The UWKC is helping 22 homeowners in ...

June 17, 2016 | | People & Places


Williamson, Sumter fire blanks at P-17ers in 10-0 victory

SUMTER --- It may seem like the American Legion baseball season just began, but the Sumter P-15's wrapped up at least a share of the ...

June 17, 2016 | By Dennis Brunson Special to the C-I | Seasonal Sports


DEREK FLETCHER - Lancaster

Mr. Derek Fletcher, 54, died Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at his home. He was the son of the late Lucille Fletcher and was born July ...

June 17, 2016 | | Obituaries


RICHARD HELLMAN - Elgin

ELGIN -- A funeral service to honor the life of Richard "Dicky Bird" Hellman will be held at 3:00 PM, today, June 17, 2016 at ...

June 17, 2016 | | Obituaries


TOMMIE LEE KING - Lexington, N.C.

Tommie Lee King, 70, of 6781 Old US Highway 52 Lexington, N..C., passed on Saturday June 11, 2016. Funeral services will be at noon ...

June 17, 2016 | | Obituaries


ROBERT J. MOODY - Camden

Robert J. "Bobby Jack" Moody, 85, of Camden, SC, died Thursday, June 16, 2016. Plans are incomplete and will be announced by Kornegay Funeral Home ...

June 17, 2016 | | Obituaries


ERNEST ROGERS JR. - Orangeburg

ORANGEBURG -- Ernest B. Rogers, Jr. died Monday, June 13, 2016, at The Oaks retirement home in Orangeburg. A memorial service to celebrate the life of ...

June 17, 2016 | | Obituaries


MICHAEL M. SHEHEEN - Camden

CAMDEN -- A graveside service to celebrate the life of Michael Michel Sheheen, 57, of Camden, SC, will be held at 11:30 AM, today, June ...

June 17, 2016 | | Obituaries


JOHN M. WILLIAMS - Camden

Funeral service for Mr. John M. Williams, 64, of 651 Hillsdale Drive in Camden, will be held Wednesday, June 22, 10:30 A.M. at ...

June 17, 2016 | | Obituaries


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